For 1,277 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

V.A. Musetto's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Twentynine Palms
Lowest review score: 0 Controlled Chaos
Score distribution:
1277 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Whether you're looking for a love story with a little gore or a horror movie with a little romance, Zombie Honeymoon will suit your taste.
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    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The script is fresh and accessible - even for folks who don't know Croatia from Cambodia - and it is put over by solid acting and direction.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Kari successfully meshes comedy, ennui and tragedy, much in the manner of Jim Jarmusch and Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    With Lake Tahoe, Mexican filmmaker Fernando Eimbcke proves himself adept at turning a blank screen into a work of art.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A labor of love, Young Rebels is essential viewing for anyone who wants to stay ahead of the hip-hop curve.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In the end, inner peace is found by all - on screen and in the audience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The show works pretty much the same as "Idol" does, with Afghans voting by cellphone for their favorite performers. But this is Afghanistan, where the Taliban still has power, not America.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Hard Goodbyes could easily have been maudlin, but isn't. Credit an adult script and realistic acting, especially by Giorgos Karayannis as Elias.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    One way to judge a filmmaker is by the way he or she directs children. Take Tze Chun and his impressive first feature, Children of Invention.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The director is, you won't be surprised to learn, Tsai Ming-laing, whose deadpan humor and minimalist lensing has made him a god among film geeks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Directed and co-written by Thierry Binisti, a TV veteran, the film boasts solid acting (especially from red-haired Bonitzer) and handsome cinematography.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The 34-year-old Meadows has assembled an effective cast, especially newcomer Thomas Turgoose as Shaun and veteran Stephen Graham as Combo.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Daniele Cipri's highly stylized lensing and Carlo Crivelli's bold score add to the movie's flamboyant aura. But then, the story of a bombastic dictator deserves a bombastic telling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There is much opportunity to turn the film into a soaper, but Hansen-Love resists.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sparse of plot, Iron Island is visually rich, thanks to cinematographer Reza Jalai. The final scene is especially stunning.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The narrative easily goes back and forth in time; despite its Oedipal subtext, it avoids exploitation. Stellar performances by Rottiers and Cattani help keep the movie on track.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Doesn't always succeed -- the premise is hard to believe. Still, it's an unusual and interesting piece of filmmaking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Gronkjaer's cinematography is pleasing, with beautiful sunsets and tranquil snowscapes. I won't give away the ending, but it might bring a tear to your eye.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    What made Ludwig such a great musician? The documentary In Search of Beethoven, directed by Phil Grabsky, answers that question reasonably well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    They take a mundane story and give it emotional resonance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film is most effective when Geier, accompanied by a granddaughter, goes to Ukraine to speak at a school.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The Last Circus features garish costumes, grotesque ultraviolence and plenty of other assorted weirdness. Although not everybody's glass of sangria, it has the making of a cult hit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Brings to mind "Working Girl" and "The Devil Wears Prada" -- but it has delightful differences only the French could conjure up, plus a musical soundtrack from jazz saxophone great Pharoah Sanders.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A tad too long, "Tea" is nevertheless touching and funny, with charming performances. You might say it's as calming as a hot cup of green tea.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Not exactly as well known as Megadeth or Metallica, Anvil did indeed have 15 minutes of fame back in the 1980s. Then it went into obscurity. Now it's back, trying like hell to be somebody.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A nearly perfect love story/murder mystery that unfortunately falters at the end.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Shamelessly press viewers' emotional buttons. But the film is so well-made and the performances so accomplished that it doesn't matter.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    On paper, Ushpizin (Aramaic for "holy guests") looks like a hard sell. It works, however, thanks to a witty script and believable performances from real-life husband and wife.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A charming and enjoyable movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    If the documentary has a star, it's pony-tailed AES exec Piers Lewis, who had the impossible job of getting Georgians to actually pay for their electricity.
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    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Akerman uses simple long shots and beautiful composition to give the film a smooth, fluid look. She is assisted by understated but convincing acting, especially by Testud, who is also on New York screens in "Murderous Maids."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film did well at the local box office and has been shown at some 40 international festivals. Eat your heart out, Michael Moore.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Brims with energy, carefully drawn characters and fine acting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Filled with affecting moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Seventy percent of black boys in Baltimore do not graduate from high school. They're more likely to land in jail -- or a cemetery. But there is hope, according to The Boys of Baraka, an uplifting documentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A loving tribute to cinema by Tsai Ming-liang, one of Taiwan's most accomplished and popular directors.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Wong extracts magnetic performances from his two stars, and Philippe Le Sourd delivers gorgeous cinematography.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Solomonoff draws out vivid performances by Valeria Bertuccelli (Elena) and Ingrid Rubio (Natalia) that make up for the script's predictability.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    How can a movie with such a charming cast (let's not forget Ry Russo-Young as Hannah's female roommate) and believable dialogue (seemingly taken from the actors' real lives) go wrong? It can't.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Magaly Solier is compelling as the teen. She has little to say, as the camera remains fixated on her expressionless face.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The cryptic finale raises more questions than it solves. But She's One of Us is such a fine work that answers aren't necessary.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Poetry, which rightfully won the best-screenplay prize at Cannes, never resorts to exploitation. Under Lee's guidence, it is a mature film for mature audiences.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The result is an absorbing look at a country still struggling to adjust more than a decade after the fall of communism.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Sentimental and predictable? Sure, but The Butterfly is so well-meaning and the wide-eyed Bouanich is so sweet and lovable only a Scrooge would dare complain.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director/co-writer/cinematographer, Yam Laranas, still delivers a maximum of suspense and horror, working wonders with a small budget.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Names of the other artists - such as Barry McGee, Ed Templeton, Margaret Kilgallen and Jo Jackson - won't necessarily ring a bell, but they all have interesting stories to tell in this pleasant film, which sings the praises of nonconformity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A technical and performance success. The chemistry between Sosa and Lujan heats up the screen as their lives spiral out of control.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This isn't a story of Shakespearean proportions, but it's a sweet peg for this complex, carefully constructed gem.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Difficult but rewarding.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    One reason it rings true is because the script is based on Gaglia's real experiences.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Ruscio's script is grim and darkly funny, but the big attraction is Wright's right-on performance. She's an actress waiting to be discovered.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The overwhelming silence is broken mainly by chanting and the ringing of the monastery bells. Call it life in the slow, slow, slow lane.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    With so much junk cluttering movie houses, it is a shame that it took two years for this sweet, intelligent drama to get a release before heading for DVD.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The documentary does a superlative job of examining the half-century dispute over Chinese rule of mountainous Tibet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Call it a spiritual Woodstock.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The documentary traces the fiery history of Ballets Russes -- which for a time consisted of two warring companies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Yvan Attal and Anne Consigny give understated but powerful performances as Graff and his wife, Françoise. Although a bit too long, Rapt makes for compelling viewing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Makes for fascinating viewing.
    • New York Post
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Proves that you don't need a big budget to make a dynamite film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's scary to see how one man can brainwash a gigantic nation, as Mao did.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Features crisp dialogue and understated humor, played out by an attractive young cast. Audiences bred on Hollywood romances might find the film too chatty and contemplative. To them I say: Get over it, kids!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Beautifully composed documentary.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It accurately reflects the rage and alienation that fuels the self-destructiveness of many young people.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    In her directorial debut, Venditti does her best to keep a distance between herself and her subjects. But you have to wonder how much of the Billy we see on-screen is affected by the presence of Venditti's camera.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    This movie belongs to its stars, who also wrote and produced. You can't say their acting is good or bad because they are not really acting. They're just being themselves, pubic hair and all.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    An outrageous horror flick.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A wild ride that effortlessly combines devilish dark humor, slapstick comedy, extreme violence and bitter satire.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Silva's script has the ring of truth, not surprising since he based it on real-life experiences. He even shot most of the scenes in his own family's house.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Make no mistake: Casuistry isn't easy to watch. Cat lovers might be especially turned off. But Asher had every right to make it, and you have every right to see it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Mozart's Sister had a much smaller budget than "Amadeus," but Féret makes good use of his resources, even getting to film in the splendid halls of Versailles. The cast is excellent, be they relatives of the director or not. And the music, though not by a Mozart, is beautiful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A riveting documentary.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    They should hand out a score card with every ticket to The Witnesses to help viewers keep track of who's sleeping with whom.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The real star of the movie is the delectable sushi itself. Viewers will be tempted to hop the next flight to Tokyo, but probably will have to settle for a Japanese eatery closer to home.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A Hole in My Heart will disgust many (probably most) viewers as it cements Moodysson's reputation as one of today's most daring filmmakers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Kev Robertson's gritty camerawork and a musical soundtrack mixing hip-hop, punk and electronica add to the ambience of this impressive shoestring-budget indie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Nobody familiar with To will be surprised by the way he presents stylish violence in innovative and humorous ways.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Director Lee Chang-dong could well have cut 30 minutes out of the story, but Jeon's performance is powerful enough to keep Secret Sunshine from drowning in an ocean of tears.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A scrumptious war movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Can be taken as a parable about cinema art vs. commerce. If that's too much to think about, just enjoy the off-beat humor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The best kid-friendly movie of the holiday season is Nénette, a portrait of an orangutan.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It’s doubtful that Scorsese will redo this new Lau thriller, which is OK because the Chinese original is all fans need.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Never becomes maudlin. Rather, it retains an upbeat air of hope, and even humor, as two brave men battle fate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The film falters only when it eavesdrops briefly on a passionate public discussion of rent control and gentrification. The moment is out of keeping with the carefree nature of the rest of the movie.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The plot of the gorgeous Mexican film Alamar -- a father-son vacation -- isn't what Hollywood calls "high concept." But thanks to director-cinematographer-editor Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, the film might be called "high enjoyment."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    There's nary a dull moment in the semi-autobiographical Secuestro Express (secuestro means kidnap), as Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The coincidences might be too much for some, but viewers who can get past them will be treated to a suspenseful, well-acted, crisply photographed character study.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's depressing as hell. While most of the seven say they want to beat the habit and become productive citizens, only one, Ron, follows through successfully.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Judging by this passionate film, the medical community -- has no clue about what causes this awful malady and, worse, doesn't seem to care.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    The story won't win any prizes for coherence, but that doesn't much matter. As in most Hong Kong thrillers, it's the visuals - love those boldly choreographed shootouts! -- and moments of absurdity that count.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    As a one-time suburbanite now living happily in Manhattan, I can attest that Radiant City tells it like it is. The film ends with a surprise that you won't see coming and I won't spoil.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Circo is more like "The Smallest Show on Earth" than "The Greatest Show on Earth," the 1952 Oscar winner, but it does provide a look at a unique family and a disappearing way of life.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    It's full of Plympton's trademark twisted humor, with lots of sex thrown in.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    On paper, these people may seem like boring statistics. But Andresevic, in her first feature-length film after years of producing commercials for the likes of Nike and Cadillac, turns them into humans viewers will take to heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Brace yourself for an explosively brutal finale.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    Bluebeard revisits themes often found in Breillat's films -- sibling rivalry, pedophilia, gender conflict -- but it remains fresh and new.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A well-researched picture of how racism led to nine men being falsely accused and wrongly convicted. One only wishes that the filmmakers had more than 84 minutes in which to tell the story.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    You don't have to be stoned to watch Mr. Nice, but it might help to be in the same state of mind as its real-life anti-hero, drug kingpin Howard Marks.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 V.A. Musetto
    A disturbing and daring thriller with an exceptional performance by 13-year-old Laurien Van den Broeck.

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